29 April 2014

Textiles Tuesday

Here you are - EIGHT links for you to explore this week. Enjoy!

* Look at this fabulous Nested Churn Dash block by Jane Davidson from Quit Jane! It measures 24 in. square and Jane has provided free instructions on her blog, ready for you to download now. Thanks to Jane for permission to share her photo.

* Do you like reading quilting-related novels? Here are a few that have been recently published.

* 7 July: Quilt Uncoverings, Sydney NSW. As part of its 20th anniversary seminar, the Quilt Study Group of Australia will present a day of Quilt Uncoverings. 

Four NSW quilters -  Trish Bloomfield, Melinda Smith, Carolyn Sullivan and Brigitte Giblin - will share selected quilts from their collections. Sounds like a great day's inspiration!

* Great news for Mac users - EQ7 for Macs is now available.

* Are you looking for more free quilt patterns? There are plenty for you to download from the P&B Textiles site.  

* 16 May to 1 June: Salvage/Selvedge Exhibition, Fremantle WA.

* Here's a great blog post from Molli Sparkles that has provoked LOTS of response. If you don't like something that a person has made, is it ok to say so or should you just stay quiet? Have your say in the Molli Sparkles comments.

* 2-4 May: don't forget the Creative Textile Show in Canberra! There will be plenty of interesting workshops and exhibitors.

22 April 2014

Textiles Tuesday

Here are NINE links to interesting sites for you to explore this week. Enjoy!

* Registrations for classes at the Australian Machine Quilting (AMQ) Festival are now open.The Festival will be held in Adelaide, SA on 1-6 October.

* As part of the Western Australian Heritage Festival, the 1857 Dempster Quilt will be on display until 31 May at York Residency Museum, York WA.

*  Congratulations to winners of awards from Expertise Events announced last week at the Australasian Quilt Convention:

Shining light Award - to recognise achievement by a junior quilter.
Winner - Clare Marshall

Lut-da Award - to acknowledge an individual who has made outstanding contribution to their community through quilting.
Winner - Faye Packham

Rajah Award - to acknowledge an outstanding contribution to quilting in Australia, whether it be a contribution as a quilting teacher, designer, author, historian, guild worker, retailer, etc or a combination of work in several of these areas.
Winner - Michelle Hill

You can read about these award winners here.

* Also announced at AQC was the winner of the Bernina Best of Australia Award - Janet Treen, for her quilt Rings and Roses. You can see a photo of Janet's hand-quilted quilt here.

* Feel like a quilt-along? Corey Yoder from Little Miss Shabby has designed a small medallion quilt that's so pretty! 

* Don't forget the Springwood Community Quilt Show, NSW is on 25-27 April (that's this week!). Details here. 

* Learn how to write with paint on fabric in this tutorial from Lynn Krawczyk.

* Surface design expert Jane Dunnewold shares her best fabric foiling tips.

* Call for entries: Bernina Aotearoa Quilters Growth Challenge. 20 quilts will be selected to travel for a year. Entries close 1 July.

19 April 2014


I love to write. Before I can write, though, I need to think. There hasn't been much time for thinking this week.

My headspace is filled with other concerns. I do hope they can be resolved soon!

In the meantime, the magnificence of flowers continues to amaze me. The colours and shapes in this poppy are astonishing, don't you think?

09 April 2014

Digital dreaming

I love LOTS of things about the technology that we have these days. At the top of my list, though, has to be the ease of acquiring digital versions of magazines.

Reading digital editions online is tedious and I won't do it. All that waiting for pages to flip over - no thanks! I prefer digital magazines that I can download to my PC or tab and read later when I'm not connected to the internet.

That's my idea of technology working for me!

Zinio is my supplier of choice. I can pay for subscriptions and then I'm notified when a new issue is available for download. Even better, I can download free magazines from my local library with their Zinio interface. Brilliant! 

I'm a city girl who has no desire to live in the country. But I LOVE country-style furnishings and gardens. Love them! These three country-style magazines satisfy my need for home inspiration and all three new issues have arrived this week. Yes, all in one week!

Do you have favourite magazines that make you dream? Are you a country-style dreamer like me? Do you like digital magazines? Leave a comment!

Must go, I have new magazines to read... 

08 April 2014

Textiles Tuesday

Today I have NINE links to interesting sites for you to explore. I hope you find at least one of them leads you somewhere new!

Living Colour Exhibition

 * All the Living Colour Textiles quilts are finally revealed and available for viewing in the online gallery. They will premiere at the Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne on Thursday 10 April. A 36-page colour catalogue is available for purchase here.

*  If you are in Canberra on Saturday 12 April, check out the Mega Craft and Makers Day.

* Rachel from Coletterie shows how varying blanket stitch lengths can change the look of this basic stitch. She provides a tutorial for five simple variations

* Pretty up your computer, tablet or phone with these four free wallpapers from painter Elise Pescheret. I loved them so much they are on all my devices!

* Rita at Red Pepper Quilts shares another great tutorial; this time instructions and templates for a pretty Kansas Dugout quilt block.

* If you buy or write quilt patterns, read this article on the quality of quilt patterns by Sam Hunter. What's your opinion?

* Do you want to oganise your own quilt retreat? Here are some tips from Lindsay Conner

* Don't miss looking at photos of these stunning floral textile pieces by Jannick Deslauriers.

* If you want to set up your artist website, you really can't go past this detailed series of tutorials by TextileArtist.org Practical advice abounds!   

05 April 2014


I'm always so pleased when autumn arrives in Sydney. Already, the nights are cooler but the humidity has yet to disappear. Not long now - it usually all blows away around the end of March or beginning of April.

I made this small quilt a few years ago to reflect the mellowing of the season. Torn organza strips of different shades - some plain and some stamped - are woven with other offcuts and a strip of Angelina and yarn.

Captured under the organza are five green-yellow leaves, as if they have dropped from the trees. Stamping the season's name completes the scene.

I like using simple running stitches to secure the layers and add texture. This thread is a very pale green, representing the fading colour of the foliage.

Autumn is my favourite season. I look forward to it every year after the searing heat and ghastly humidity of a Sydney summer. As the temperatures decrease, I find comfort in the gentler days that autumn produces. 

03 April 2014

Three ways to make Flying Geese

Flying Geese blocks are so popular in quilt patterns and easy to make - if you know how!

I've found three great links to Flying Geese (FG) tutorials so you can choose the technique that appeals most to you.

None of these techniques requires anything more than standard quilters' supplies (cutting mat, rotary cutter and quilters' ruler). No specialty rulers required!

What's your favourite method for making Flying Geese? Let us know!

01 April 2014

Textiles Tuesday

Here's eight informative links for you to explore this week. Enjoy!

* Advance notice: International Bobbin and Needle Lace Organisation Conference, 18-20 July, Adelaide SA.

* 2-4 May: Creative Textile Show, Canberra, ACT. Bookings are now open for workshops at the Show. 

This is the centenary year of the death of Harriet Powers, probably one of the most prominent of Southern US nineteenth century quilters.You can read about her story on The Textile Blog.

* Take part in Wrapped in St Marys, TAS.

* Want to visit the Yokohama Quilt Show in Japan in November? Here's a tour with Lynn Hewitt and Deborah Segaert that sounds great.

* 4-6 April: Queanbeyan Quilters Inc Exhibition, Queanbeyan NSW.

*  Pat Sloan's quilt label writing round-up.

* From the International Quilt Study Center & Museum: an animation that demonstrates some of the common and uncommon ways quilt makers have designed Log Cabin quilts.